Configuring DNS with Domain Registrar

Every OA document's provenance can be verified and traced back to its creator or issuer. This is achieved by embedding an identityProof property in the document, which serves as a claim for identity. During the verification phase, the claim is checked against external records.

In this guide, we will bind the document issuer's identity to a valid domain name. This domain will be displayed as issuer every time the document is rendered in an OA-compliant decentralized renderer.

Prerequisites

  • Domain name
  • Edit access to your domain's DNS records
  • A document store

To bind the domain name to the issuer's identity, you must be able to change the DNS record of the domain name.

Inserting the DNS Record

You will need to add a DNS TXT record to your domain name. The exact steps to achieve this can be confirmed with your domain registrar, this is usually achieved through your domain registrar or DNS provider's web UI.

While we have provided links to guides on adding DNS TXT records for some common domain registrars and DNS providers, the steps below is a generic procedure for any DNS provider.

Select a domain name that you will like to associate with your documents. The domain can either be the root domain (e.g. openattestation.com) or a subdomain (e.g. issuer.openattestation.com). Using the root domain is recommended as it will be easier for viewers of your documents to recognize visually.

Within your domain registrar or DNS provider's web UI, insert a TXT record into the DNS in the following format:

TypeNameValue
TXTexample.com"openatts net=ethereum netId=3 addr=<DOCUMENT_STORE_ADDRESS>"

The <DOCUMENT_STORE_ADDRESS> in the Value field above is the document store smart contract address obtained. Please note that the document store address needs to be prepended with addr.

The quotes around the value are necessary. They are used to delimit each different records that you might have to be bound to the same domain.

An example of a valid DNS TXT record is as shown:

TypeNameValue
TXTdemo.openattestation.com"openatts net=ethereum netId=3 addr=0xED2E50434Ac3623bAD763a35213DAD79b43208E4"

The netId corresponds to the network ID for the different Ethereum networks. We generally use only the following networks:

Network IDNameNetwork
1Ethereum Mainnetmainnet
3Ethereum Testnet Ropstenropsten
4Ethereum Testnet Rinkebyrinkeby

For more information on switching to production mode, refer to the Additional Note for Identity Proof in Production section below.

Testing the DNS Record

Google DNS to Test

The DNS propagation should take a few minutes, though in some cases you may need to wait up to 24 hours. Continue with the other parts of the guide while waiting for DNS to propagate.

After adding the TXT record, we recommend you to check that the record has been inserted correctly by viewing with Google DNS. Make sure to select TXT in the RR Type dropdown.

Additional Note for Identity Proof in Production

The TXT record above is for use for documents issued on the Ethereum ropsten network. To bind the identity in production where your documents are issued in the Ethereum mainnet network, you will have to change netId to 1.

An example of a valid TXT record for Ethereum mainnet network is as shown:

TypeNameValue
TXTdemo.openattestation.com"openatts net=ethereum netId=1 addr=0x9db35C07350e9a16C828dAda37fd9c2923c75812"

Additional Note for Adding DNS TXT Records

Below is a list of guides provided by some of the common domain registrars and DNS providers. This list is by no means comprehensive.